The meet came down to the last scored event, and Veronika Karpenko picked the right time to uncork her career-best leap.
The State College sophomore’s long jump of 17 feet, 1 inch moved her up to fifth place, one spot and a half-inch ahead of Cumberland Valley’s Sarah Kosenske, and that provided the winning margin for the Lady Little Lions to win the Mid Penn Conference meet title, edging the Eagles 62-61 Saturday.
The teams finished with a 75-75 tie earlier in the week in a dual meet and ended up sharing the conference’s regular-season title in the Commonwealth Division.
Competing a little shorthanded with a number of athletes back in State College for the school’s prom, the Lady Little Lions won despite not having a single first-place finisher in the 28-team meet with all four Mid Penn divisions competing.
Leading State College with second-place finishes were Haley Crawford and Rachel Wylie. Crawford was the runner-up in the 200-meter dash in 26.16 seconds, while Wylie hit her mark with a time of 15.42 in the 100 hurdles. She also was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 47.48.
Emily Randolph was fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.20). Natasha Fedkina was fifth in the 800 (2:20.19), Hannah Catalano took sixth in the 1,600 (5:10.01) and Larissa Burka was sixth in the 3,200 (11:48.35).
Karpenko added a fifth-place effort in the triple jump (35-6 1/4), while Megan Fry and Kate Neese finished 3-4 in the pole vault with heights of 11-6 and 11-0, respectively.
Also, the 400 relay team was fourth in 50.19, and the 3,200 relay team took sixth in 10:09.46.
“It was a nice, dramatic end,” State College coach Jenn Evans said. “I’m just so proud of the girls and all they accomplished. They worked hard and we’re looking forward to the district meet. They have a good attitude and high expectations.”
The District 6 Class AAA Championship meet will be held Thursday in Altoona.